Archive for Ray Kuhn

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 01/04/16: Allen Crabbe, & More

by Ray Kuhn We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple. There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start. Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league. Read more

The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 12/30/15: Ish Smith Leads Philadelphia to Victory, & More

by Ray Kuhn

On the last day of 2015, we can take a look back at a year that was filled with exciting basketball action. This season is just two months old, so there is plenty more action to come and stories to be written. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from last night’s games, other than the Warriors getting blown out with Stephen Curry.

1) Ish Smith is Taking Advantage of His Chance

To begin the season, Smith was essentially the last man standing in New Orleans’ back court and he did pretty well with the opportunity. Once the injured Pelicans returned, Smith’s playing time began to disappear and he ultimately found himself on the way to Philadelphia. The 76ers are now 2-1 after acquiring Smith, I know that means just about nothing, but he is a player who should be on your fantasy radar. On the season, Smith is averaging 9.8 points and six assists per game, but those numbers are only rising. After scoring 18 points last night and coming an assist away from a double-doulbe, the journeyman is averaging 18 points and 8.3 assists in his last three games.

2) Paul George Has a Tough Night

The first thing I’m going to say here, is not to panic. You had to expect it wouldn’t be a completely seamless return for George from last year’s injury, but at the start of the season he made it seem that way. At the same time though, George is still averaging 24.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, so it is hard to complain too much about his performance. However, things have been more difficult over the past five games for George beginning when he shot just 7.1% from the field against the Spurs. Over that stretch, he hasn’t shot better than 43.8%, and the 19 points he scored last night was his highest. It also must be noted that did come against Jimmy Butler who is one of the toughest defenders. I wouldn’t have too much concern here.

3) Jonas Valanciunas is Back

After missing just over a month, the Toronto center has returned. Last night was his second game back, and his first in the starting lineup. Bismack Biyombo has been playing well in Valanciunas’ absence, but I would not be concerned about Valanciunas’ usage moving forward. The Raptors are taking it slow with their big man as he has played in 21 minutes in both games while struggling to get involved in the flow of the offense. In each game, Valanciunas has made four of his seven shots and he has grabbed four and nine rebounds respectively. Feel free to use him again in DFS and move him back into your season long lineups.

4) Ricky Rubio is in a Sharing Mood

The Timberwolves are building a nice young core, and when you look at it, Rubio appears to be on the outside. Now Rubio is still a young and talented guard, but the fact that he is entering his fifth season in the league at age 25 makes him a veteran. While there will be games where Rubio does reach double digits, he generally doesn’t score more than about 10 points as his season averages have ranged from 9.5 to 10.7 points per game. That was true again last night as Rubio scored 10 points, but he also handed out 17 assists to bring his season average to 9.2 per game. There are plenty of weapons for Rubio to find, and while there might be more exciting options in Minnesota, Rubio should not be ignored.

5) Kobe Bryant Gets Cheered in Boston

Now let’s be cleared, this is a very isolated incident and it happened at the end of the game and only because it was Bryant’s last visit to Boston. Bryant closed out his career in Boston with a double-double, but he didn’t do it in the same manner we have come to expect from him. The guard made just 5 of his 18 shots from the field as he scored 15 points, but Bryant did pull down a season high of 11 rebounds for the double-double. On the season, Bryant is averaging 17.2 points per game, and this is what we can expect from the guard moving forward as he is now just an ordinary player for the most part (although there is nothing wrong with that at this point in his career).

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 12/30/15: Shaun Livingston Gets an Opportunity, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league. Read more

The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 12/28/15: Kemba Walker Has a Scoring Outburst, & More

by Ray Kuhn

In case you were sweating out a fantasy football match-up, hopefully a victory and not a defeat, we have you covered from the night in hoops. There was a full night of action in the NBA, and here are five performances that stood out.

1) Kemba Walker Puts Up 38 on the Lakers

We know that the Lakers don’t offer up much in the way of defense, and Walker took care of things Monday night. Walker has been the main offensive show in town for Charlotte, and that continued against LA as he scored 38 points. Not only is Walker scoring this season, with an average of 17.9 points per game and about 1.5 three-pointers a night, but his production has been well rounded. Last night, Walker was a very efficient 14 for 25 from the field and he added six rebounds and five assists to raise his season averages to 4.2 and five, respectively. Don’t look now, but Walker is becoming a top option in the back court.

2) Wayne Ellington Has a Big Night From Downtown

Prior to Monday night, Ellington is not a player who should be on your fantasy radar. But should he be? For starters, the Nets just are not that good and Ellington has been coming off the bench. Entering the game, Ellington was averaging just 5.2 points per game, so you are excused if you didn’t see his 26 point performance coming. As per usual Brooklyn was not having success, so Lionel Hollins tried to change things up for the second half, and he went with Ellington. That move went on to work as he made seven 3-pointers and ended up with 33 minutes on the night. I wouldn’t go crazy over one game, but Ellington should at least appear on your radar as the opportunity is there.

3) Jamal Crawford Contributes off the Bench

With Blake Griffin sidelined for the next few weeks, someone needs to pick up the slack for the Clippers. Instead of try to uncover a new player who is taking Griffin’s spot in the starting lineup, I would just look to a player whose role might just increase slightly; Jamal Crawford. Crawford came of the bench on Monday and scored 21 points in 27 minutes. You aren’t going to get much else from Crawford other than contribution on the offensive end, but the scoring potential is there. On the season, Crawford is averaging just 11.3 points per game and his performance has been inconsistent thus far. However, this does represent a buy-low opportunity.

4) Omri Casspi Has a Career Night

Casspi has proved to be a useful fantasy option at times, especially in certain situations in DFS, but never before have we seen the offensive output that we saw Monday night. The forward looks at home in the starting lineup, and December has been a prosperous month for him. While he did not extend his streak of three straight double-doubles, Casspi did erupt for 36 points which included 3-pointers. He also added six rebounds as he season averages now sit at 12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

5) Kyrie Irving Has His Strongest Game Yet

Irving’s parting gift for his owners after putting up 22 points on Monday, is a day off on Tuesday. Given the nature of his injury, it should not be surprising that Cleveland is taking it slow with Irving, but it does appear that he is rounding into form. Granted it has been just four games, but Irving put up a season high of 22 points last night and he looks to be get back into form. While he is averaging just three assists per game, I would not be concerned, as I would expect it to take a little time for him to re-incorporate himself into the offense as a play maker.

 

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 12/28/15: D’Angelo Russell is Getting Comfortable, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league.

Read more

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 12/25/15: Brandon Rush, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league. Read more

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 12/23/15: Lance Thomas is an Offensive Threat, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league.

Read more

The Starting Five: Box Score Standouts From 12/21/15: John Wall Reaches a Career High, & More

by Ray Kuhn

If you did not have a rooting interest, or fantasy playoff hopes on the line, in last night’s football game, there was a full slate of NBA action to kick off the week. And if you were preoccupied with the football, here are some of the big stories from Monday in hoops.

1) John Wall Reaches a Career High in Assists

With Bradley Beal sidelined, more of the Washington offense is flowing through Wall and he is rising to the occasion. Wall’s season long averages of 19.6 points and 9.4 assists per game are right in line with his career high totals, and for good measure he is also picking up four rebounds per game. We know that Wall is a play maker and can score, so the point total should not be surprising, but so far this month he is reaching a new level. Aside from being held to just six points against Memphis, although he did pick up nine assists, Wall has scored in double figures the entire month and has only been held under 20 points twice (including his 12 last night). But while his offense has picked up, the same could be said for Wall’s assist total. Wall has reached double figures in nine of his 12 games this month, with two games of nine and one of seven, culminating with his career high of 19 last night against the Kings. There are few players performing better than Wall right now.

2) Kawhi Leonard Fills the Stat Sheet

At this point we really shouldn’t be surprised by much that Leonard does. The forward has truly become a complete player on both ends of the court, and your only complaint should be that he doesn’t get fantasy credit for being a shutdown defender. On a night where Leonard had a complete fantasy performance, he also shut Paul George down just about completely as he held Indiana’s star to 1 for 14 shooting. Leonard still found time to impress for your fantasy team as he scored 24 points while adding six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Plug, play, and forget about it. Just check the lineup to make sure he isn’t getting a rest day first.

3) Lance Thomas Has a Perfect Night

The Knicks have Carmelo Anthony, and that is followed by questions. Kristaps Porzingas has appeared to hit a bit of a temporary wall, and evidently Aaron Affalo cannot be counted on as a true second option each night. This has led to Thomas stepping up off the bench and becoming a vital player to Knicks success. The forward has a low profile, and is likely still available but that window is closing quickly as there is some talk about moving him into the starting lineup. After putting up 24 points on Monday, Thomas is now averaging 15.2 over his last five games with his season average up to 8.9. Aside from that, Thomas will only contribute just a few rebounds a game, but as of late he is becoming comfortable from behind the arc, and that is something to watch as well.

4) Brandon Knight Comes off the Bench, Who Cares?

In the NBA, it isn’t always about who starts the game. Yes, that sometimes comes into play, but talent and good performance always win out and you have to look at playing time and who is on the court at crunch time. With that being said, Knight owners shouldn’t fret that the guard was moved to the bench as he still played 35 minutes last night. The move was done to separate Knight and Eric Bledsoe from a strategy standpoint, and for one night it worked for Knight. He scored 26 points and added a few rebounds and assists, and if anything to move to bench could be considered a good thing as we were seeing a slight dip in his performance as of late. Buy low if you can here.

5) Chris Paul Looks Healthy

Obviously in a season long league you are going to roll with Paul pretty much without question as long as he is in the lineup, but that is not the case in DFS. But at this point, it is looking like we will now see the Paul we expected prior to the season on a consistent basis. Paul had an efficient night against the Thunder as he picked up 32 points and 10 assists on 11 for 19 shooting while adding four 3-pointers. There is nothing not to like about Paul as even when he wasn’t scoring, he was still averaging nine assists per game. Capitalize on an owner undervaluing his 17.5 points per game average if possible.

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 12/21/15: Aaron Affalo, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league.

Read more

Three-Point Play: Three Options To Use In DFS On 12/18/15: Zach LaVine, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We know all about the stars, but when constructing your DFS squad it goes much deeper than that. You need to build a complete, effective, efficient, and economical squad. And that is where we come in. Picking Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and LeBron James each night is always a good idea, but it is not that simple.

There is a salary cap we must be aware of, and values must be found. Finding these “undervalued” options can generally be done in a few ways. Young players or players entering into roles they didn’t previously have are often a good place to start.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at three players for tonight’s action on Fantasy Score that we like for one reason or another. While the pricing is specific to Fantasy Score, the same logic applies to any DFS site and is also helpful for your season long league.

Read more